Friday, September 25, 2020

MLB Ejections 79-81 - Dan Bellino (6-8; CWS x3)

HP Umpire Dan Bellino ejected White Sox pitcher Jimmy Cordero (throwing at Cubs batter Willson Contreras), manager Rick Renteria and pitching coach Don Cooper (ejection/warnings Unsportsmanlike-NEC) in the top of the 7th inning of the #Cubs-#WhiteSox game. With one out and none on, Contreras took two 98-mph sinkers from Cordero, the second for a hit-by-pitch. Replays indicate both pitches were located inside and high, with the HBP striking Contreras in the upper back several innings following a home run during which Contreras flipped his bat high in the air, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejections, the Cubs were leading, 7-0. The Cubs ultimately won the contest, 10-0.

These are Dan Bellino (2)'s sixth, seventh, and eighth ejections of 2020.
Dan Bellino now has 19 points in the UEFL Standings (13 Prev + 3*[2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call] = 19).
Crew Chief Angel Hernandez now has 21 points in Crew Division (18 Prev + 3*[QOCU] = 21).

These are the 79th, 80th, and 81st ejection reports of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 36th player ejection of 2020. Prior to ejection, Cordero's line was 0.1 IP, HBP.
This is the 35th Manager ejection of 2020.
This is Chicago-AL's 4-6th ejection of 2020, 1st in the AL Central (CWS 6; MIN 4; DET 2; KC 1; CLE 0).
This is Jimmy Cordero's first career MLB ejection.
This is Don Cooper's 1st ejection since July 27, 2018 (Fieldin Culbreth; QOC = N [Check Swing]).
This is Rick Renteria's 3rd ejection of 2020, 1st since Sept 22 (Angel Hernandez; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).
This is Dan Bellino's 6/7/8th ejection of 2020, 1st since Sept 21 (Rick Renteria; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

MLB Ejection 78 - John Tumpane (2; Aaron Boone)

HP Umpire John Tumpane ejected Yankees Manager Aaron Boone (strike three call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 1st inning of the #Marlins-#Yankees game. With one out and none on, Yankees batter Aaron Judge took a 3-2 slider from Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer half of home plate and below the hollow of the knee (px 0.37, pz 1.38 [sz_bot 1.86 / RAD 1.74 / MOE 1.65]), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Marlins were leading, 3-0. The Marlins ultimately won the contest, 4-3, in 10 innings.

This is John Tumpane (74)'s second ejection of 2020.
John Tumpane now has 0 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Prev + 2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call = 0).
Crew Chief Jeff Nelson now has -2 points in Crew Division (-2 Previous + 0 Incorrect Call = -2).
This pitch was located 3.24 vertical inches from being deemed correct.

This is the 78th ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 34th Manager ejection of 2020.
This is New York's 5th ejection of 2020, 1st in the AL East (NYY 5; TOR 4; BAL, TB 2; BOS 0).
This is Aaron Boone's 2nd ejection of 2020, 1st since Aug 8 (Vic Carapazza; QOC = U [Warnings]).
This is John Tumpane's 2nd ejection of 2020, 1st since Sept 1 (Derek Shelton; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Miami Marlins vs. New York Yankees, 9/25/20 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 77 - Jim Reynolds (1; Matt Kemp)

HP Umpire Jim Reynolds ejected Rockies DH Matt Kemp (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 4th inning of the #Rockies-#Diamondbacks game. With two out and none on, Kemp took a 2-2 fastball from Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer edge of home plate and thigh-high (px 0.75, pz 2.21), the call was correct.*^ At the time of the ejection, the Diamondbacks were leading, 3-0. The Diamondbacks ultimately won the contest, 4-0.


This is Jim Reynolds (77)'s first ejection of 2020.
Jim Reynolds now has 9 points in the UEFL Standings (5 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 9).
Crew Chief Jim Reynolds now has 11 points in Crew Division (10 Previous + 1 QOCY = 11).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
*This pitch was located 1.97 horizontal inches from being deemed incorrect.
^See UEFL Rule 6-5-c-5 regarding "realistically resulted in a different outcome" pitch counts.

This is the 77th ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 35th player ejection of 2020. Prior to ejection, Kemp was 0-1 (SO) in the contest.
This is Colorado's 2nd ejection of 2020, T-3rd in the NL West (LAD 4; ARI 3; COL, SD 2; SF 1).
This is Matt Kemp's 2nd ejection of 2020, 1st since Sept 4 (Gabe Morales; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Jim Reynolds' 1st ejection since June 17, 2018 (Jason Vargas; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 9/25/20 | Video as follows:

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

MLB Ejection 76 - Nick Mahrley (2; Chris Woodward)

HP Umpire Nick Mahrley ejected Rangers Manager Chris Woodward (strike one call; QOCN) in the top of the 8th inning of the #Rangers-#Diamondbacks game. With none out and none on, Rangers leadoff batter Isiah Kiner-Falefa took a first-pitch fastball from Diamondbacks pitcher Yoan Lopez for a called first strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and above the midpoint (px -0.06, pz 3.72 [sz_top 3.35 / RAD 3.47 / MOE / 3.56]), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Diamondbacks were leading, 7-3. The Diamondbacks ultimately won the contest, 7-3. 

This is Nick Mahrley (48)'s second ejection of 2020.
Nick Mahrley now has 3 points in the UEFL Standings (5 Prev + 2 AAA - 4 Incorrect Call = 3).
Crew Chief Jim Reynolds now has 10 points in Crew Division (10 Previous + 0 Incorrect = 10).
*This pitch was located 1.92 vertical inches from being deemed correct.

This is the 76th ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 33rd Manager ejection of 2020.
This is Texas' 2nd ejection of 2020, T-3rd in the AL West (LAA 5; OAK 3; HOU, TEX 2; SEA 1).
This is Chris Woodward's 1st ejection since Sept 12, 2019 (Mike Muchlinski; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Nick Mahrley's 2nd ejection of 2020, 1st since Aug 9 (Dusty Baker; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Texas Rangers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 9/23/20 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 75 - Bill Miller (1; Brian Butterfield)

2B Umpire Bill Miller ejected Angels 3B Coach Brian Butterfield (reversed Replay Review no-catch call/runner placement; QOCY) in the top of the 6th inning of the #Angels-#Padres game. With two out and two on (R1, R3), Angels batter David Fletcher hit a line drive to left fielder Tommy Pham, ruled a catch by1B Umpire Doug Eddings. Upon Replay Review as the result of a Manager's Challenge by Angels Manager Joe Maddon, Eddings' ruling was overturned to a drop and runners placed with R3 Taylor Ward scoring and R1 Anthony Bemboom placed at third base. This ruling has been referred to the UEFL Appeals Board, the call was *PENDING*.^ At the time of the ejection, the Angels were leading, 5-2. The Angels ultimately won the contest, 5-2. 

This is Bill Miller (26)'s first ejection of 2020.
Bill Miller now has X points in the UEFL Standings (2 Prev + 2 MLB + X Call = X).
Crew Chief Bill Miller now has X points in Crew Division (2 Previous + X Call = X).
^Regarding runner placement, Rule 8.02(c) states, "If the umpires consult after a play and change a call that had been made, then they have the authority to take all steps that they may deem necessary, in their discretion, to eliminate the results and consequences of the earlier call that they are reversing, including placing runners where they think those runners would have been after the play, had the ultimate call been made as the initial call."

This is the 75th ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is LA-Anaheim's 5th ejection of 2020, 1st in the AL West (LAA 5; OAK 3; HOU 2; SEA, TEX 1).
This is Brian Butterfield's 1st ejection since April 21, 2017 (Alan Porter; QOC = Y-c [Replay Review]).

MLB Announces Atlantic League as First Partner

Major League Baseball has found its first Partner: The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The new designation means that ALPB and MLB will meet and coordinate regularly regarding marketing, promotional opportunities, and, yes, experimental rules changes.

MLB's press release states that, "During the 2019 season, MLB and ALPB partnered to successfully test the Automated Ball-Strike System (ABS), which used radar tracking technology to assist home plate umpires in calling balls and strikes."

Given our documentation concerning ABS' performance in the 2019 Atlantic League, however, Webster might want to rewrite the dictionary's definition of the word "success" to better accommodate what actually happened in the 2019 ALPB and Arizona Fall League.

Related PostBemused Batter Buzzes ABS Online (7/30/19).
Related PostALPB's Strike Zone Change & 1st ABS Call (7/26/19).

Looks like Joe Torre left his Park Avenue office just in time. | Video as follows:
Related PostTorre Doesn't Want Robot Umpires in MLB (7/26/19).

Kruk Hawks Joe as Crew Calls Backswing Interference

When HP Umpire Vic Carapazza and Crew Chief Joe West enforced the proper penalty for backswing interference (Rule 6.03(a)(3) Comment) during Tuesday's Phillies-Nationals game, Philadelphia broadcaster John Kruk expressed frustration, disgust, and, most notably, a thorough lack of understanding or regard for the Official Baseball Rules.

The following sequence describes what happens when the momentum of a batter's backswing (OBR/NCAA) or follow-through (NFHS) carries the bat behind his back and inadvertently makes contact with the catcher behind him as the catcher attempts to make a play.

Note: In high school (NFHS), backswing denotes pre-pitch bat movement (e.g., when the batter is first getting set in the box) whereas follow-through denotes post-pitch movement.

The Play
: With one out and one on (R2), Phillies batter Alec Bohm swung at and missed hitting a 2-0 fastball from Nationals pitcher Daniel Hudson as Phillies baserunner R2 Roman Quinn attempted to steal third base. After receiving the pitch, Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki attempted to throw Quinn out at third base, with Quinn sliding into the base ahead of third baseman Brock Holt's tag, eliciting a safe call by 3B Umpire David Arrieta.

Crew Conference: Immediately thereafter, Suzuki and Nats Manager Dave Martinez appealed to HP Umpire Vic Carapazza about potential backswing contact as replays indicate that Bohm's bat appeared to make contact with Suzuki's leg during Suzuki's throw to third base. After crew consultation with Carapazza, Arrieta, and 2B Umpire Junior Valentine, Crew Chief Joe West signaled for Quinn to return to second base and explained his ruling to Phillies skipper Joe Girardi, thus enforcing the penalty for backswing interference, as in Official Baseball Rule 6.03(a)(3) Comment:
If a batter strikes at a ball and misses and swings so hard he carries the bat all the way around and, in the umpire’s judgment, unintentionally hits the catcher or the ball in back of him on the backswing, it shall be called a strike only (not interference). The ball will be dead, however, and no runner shall advance on the play.
Accordingly, West's crew made the correct call—dead ball strike, return the runner to the base initially occupied at the time of the pitch—but that didn't stop Kruk from expressing a Hawk Harrelson-esque exasperation...just as color analyst FP Santangelo on the Nats broadcast properly cited the rule.
Related PostCase Play 2016-9 - A Backswing on Strike 3 [Solved] (8/26/16).

Video as follows:

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

MLB Ejections 73-74 - Angel Hernandez (2-3; CWS x2)

HP Umpire Angel Hernandez ejected White Sox SS Tim Anderson and Manager Rick Renteria (check swing strike three call) in the top of the 10th inning of the #WhiteSox-#Indians game. With none out and one on (R2 [runner placed on second base to begin the extra inning]), White Sox batter Luis Robert attempted to check his swing on a 3-2 cutter from Indians pitcher Phil Maton, ruled a swinging strike by HP Umpire Hernandez. Play was reviewed and adjudicated by the UEFL Appeals Board (8-0), the call was correct. At the time of the ejections, the game was tied, 1-1. The Indians ultimately won the contest, 5-3, in 10 innings.

These are Angel Hernandez (5)'s second and third ejections of 2020.
Angel Hernandez now has 16 points in the UEFL Standings (8 Prev + 2*[2 MLB + 2 Correct Call] = 16).
Crew Chief Angel Hernandez now has 18 points in Crew Division (16 Previous + 2*[1 QOCY] = 18).

These are the 73rd and 74th ejection reports of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 34th player ejection of 2020. Prior to ejection, Anderson was 1-4 (SO) in the contest.
This is the 32nd Manager ejection of 2020.
This is Chicago's 2/3rd ejection of 2020, 2nd in the AL Central (MIN 4; CWS 3; DET 2; KC 1; CLE 0).
This is Tim Anderson's 1st ejection since April 17, 2019 (Joe West; QOC = U [Fighting]).
This is Rick Renteria's 2nd ejection of 2020, 1st since Sept 21 (Dan Bellino; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Angel Hernandez's 2/3rd ejection of 2020, 1st since Aug 5 (Phil Nevin; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians, 9/22/20 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 72 - Manny Gonzalez (1; Mike Matheny)

HP Umpire Manny Gonzalez ejected Royals Manager Mike Matheny (balls/strikes; QOCY) in the top of the 4th inning of the #Cardinals-#Royals game. With none out and none on, Cardinals leadoff batter Dylan Carlson took a 0-2 slider from Royals pitcher Brady Singer for a called first ball before hitting a triple down the right field line. Replays indicate all callable pitches during the fractional inning prior to Matheny's mound-visit/pitching change ejection were properly officiated, the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Cardinals were leading, 3-0. The Cardinals ultimately won the contest, 5-0.

This is Manny Gonzalez (79)'s first ejection of 2020.
Manny Gonzalez now has 3 points in the UEFL Standings (-1 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 3).
Crew Chief Ron Kulpa now has 4 points in Crew Division (3 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 4).

This is the 72nd ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 31st Manager ejection of 2020.
This is Kansas City's 1st ejection of 2020, T-3rd in the AL Central (MIN 4; DET 2; CWS, KC 1; CLE 0).
This is Mike Matheny's 1st ejection since Aug 16, 2017 (Chris Segal; QOC = U [Time Call]).
This is Manny Gonzalez's 1st ejection since Sept 19, 2019 (Mike Montgomery; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: St Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals, 9/22/20 | Video as follows:

Injury - Fairchild's Exit Sees Debut of Five-Person Crew

When HP Umpire Chad Fairchild suffered a game-ending injury and left Monday's Yankees-Blue Jays game, MLB debuted its post-season push regular season five-person crew, adding call-up Ryan Additon to the field as Crew Chief Paul Nauert assumed plate duties.

In the top of the 2nd inning of the Yankees-Jays game, Yankees batter Aaron Hicks fouled a 93.9-mph 0-1 fastball from Blue Jays pitcher Matt Shoemaker directly into the crown portion of Fairchild's traditional-style facemask.

Fairchild remained in the contest through the half-inning's completion, at which time he was replaced behind by the plate by 2B Umpire Nauert as 1B Umpire Carlos Torres and 3B Umpire Jansen Visconti remained at their assignments. Additon, serving as a standby official—a fairly new concept for Major League Baseball—took over Nauert's spot at second base, preserving the four-person crew.

Relevant Injury History: Injury Scout - Fairchild Hurt in Miami (8/14/19).

Last Game: Sept 21 | Return to Play: TBD | Time Absent: TBD | Video as follows:

Monday, September 21, 2020

MLB Ejection 71 - Dan Bellino (5; Rick Renteria)

HP Umpire Dan Bellino ejected White Sox Manager Rick Renteria (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 9th inning of the #WhiteSox-#Indians game. With one out and two on, White Sox batter James McCann took a 1-2 slider from Indians pitcher Brad Hand for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer edge of home plate and below the midpoint (px 0.67, pz 3.16 [sz_top 3.49]) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Indians were leading, 7-4. The Indians ultimately won the contest, 7-4.

This is Dan Bellino (2)'s fifth ejection of 2020.
Dan Bellino now has 13 points in the UEFL Standings (9 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 13).
Crew Chief Angel Hernandez now has 17 points in Crew Division (16 Previous + 1 Correct = 17).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
*This pitch was located 2.93 horizontal and 6.43 vertical inches from being deemed incorrect.

This is the 71st ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 30th Manager ejection of 2020.
This is Chicago's 1st ejection of 2020, 3rd in the AL Central (MIN 4; DET 2; CWS 1; CLE, KC 0).
This is Rick Renteria's 1st ejection since September 2, 2019 (Mark Carlson; QOC = Y [Foul/Strike]).
This is Dan Bellino's 5th ejection of 2020, 1st since Sept 17 (Josh Donaldson; QOC = U [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians, 9/21/20 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejections 69-70 - Junior Valentine (1-2; PHI x2)

HP Umpire Junior Valentine ejected Phillies CF Roman Quinn and Manager Joe Girardi (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 3rd inning of the #Phillies-#Nationals game. With none out and one on, Quinn took a 3-2 splitter from Nationals pitcher Anibal Sanchez for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner half of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px 0.54, pz 1.57 [sz_bot 1.56 / RAD 1.44]) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Nationals were leading, 2-0. The Nationals ultimately won the contest, 5-1.

These are Junior Valentine (115)'s first and second ejections of 2020.
Junior Valentine now has 7 points in the UEFL Standings (-1 Prev + 2*[2 AAA + 2 Correct Call] = 7).
Crew Chief Joe West now has 7 points in Crew Division (5 Previous + 2*[1 Correct Call] = 7).
*This pitch was located 2.59 vertical inches from being deemed incorrect.

These are the 69th and 70th ejection reports of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 33rd player ejection of 2020. Prior to ejection, Quinn was 0-1 (SO) in the contest.
This is the 29th Manager ejection of 2020.
This is Philadelphia's 4/5th ejection of 2020, 1st in the NL East (PHI 5; WAS 3; MIA 1; ATL, NYM 0).
This is Roman Quinn's first career MLB ejection.
This is Joe Girardi's 2nd ejection of 2020, 1st since Aug 30 (Bill Welke; QOC = N-c [Fair/Foul]).
These are Junior Valentine's first career MLB ejections.

Wrap: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals, 9/21/20 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 68 - Kyle McCrady (1; Anthony Rendon)

HP Umpire Kyle McCrady ejected Angels 3B Anthony Rendon (strike three call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 7th inning of the #Rangers-#Angels game. With none out and one on (R3), Rendon took a 1-2 fastball from Rangers pitcher Nick Goody for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer half home plate and above the midpoint (px 0.38, pz 3.48 [sz_top 3.25 / RAD 3.37 / MOE 3.46]), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Angels were leading, 8-5. The Angels ultimately won the contest, 8-5.

This is Kyle McCrady (106)'s first ejection of 2020.
Kyle McCrady now has -3 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Prev + 2 AAA - 4 Incorrect Call = -3).
Crew Chief Jim Reynolds now has 10 points in Crew Division (10 Previous + 0 QOCN = 10).
*This pitch was located 0.24 vertical inches from being deemed correct.

This is the 68th ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 32nd player ejection of 2020. Prior to ejection, Rendon was 1-4 (3 SO) in the contest.
This is LA-Anaheim's 4th ejection of 2020, 1st in the AL West (LAA 4; OAK 3; HOU 2; SEA, TEX 1).
This is Anthony Rendon's 1st ejection since May 7, 2019 (CB Bucknor; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Kyle McCrady's first career MLB ejection.

Wrap: Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels of No Playoffs, 9/21/20 | Video as follows:

Sunday, September 20, 2020

MLB Ejection 67 - Mike Estabrook (1; Brian Goodwin)

HP Umpire Mike Estabrook ejected Reds CF Brian Goodwin (strike two call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 4th inning of the #WhiteSox-#Reds game. With two out and the bases loaded, Goodwin took a 0-1 sinker from White Sox pitcher Ross Detwiler for a called second strike before striking out swinging on the ensuing 0-2 pitch. Replays indicate the 0-1 pitch was located over the outer half of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px -0.49, pz 1.45 [sz_bot 1.49 / RAD 1.37]) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Reds were leading, 5-0. The Reds ultimately won the contest, 7-3.

This is Mike Estabrook (83)'s first ejection of 2020.
Mike Estabrook now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).
Crew Chief Mark Carlson now has 0 points in Crew Division (-1 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 0).
*This pitch was located 1.96 vertical inches from being deemed incorrect.

This is the 67th ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 31st player ejection of 2020. Prior to ejection, Goodwin was 0-1 (SO) in the contest.
This is Cincinnati's 8th ejection of 2020, 1st in the NL Central (CIN 8; PIT 5; MIL 4; CHC 3; STL 1).
This is Brian Goodwin's first career MLB ejection.
This is Mike Estabrook's 1st ejection since S-Feb 26, 2020 (Brent Strom; QOC = U [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Chicago White Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds, 9/20/20 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 66 - Adam Hamari (1; Torey Lovullo)

HP Umpire Adam Hamari ejected Diamondbacks Manager Torey Lovullo (strike one call; QOCY) in the top of the 4th inning of the #DBacks-#Astros game. With none out and the bases loaded, Diamondbacks batter Eduardo Escobar took a 1-1 fastball from Astros pitcher Jose Urquidy for a called first strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the outer edge of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px -0.80, pz 1.44 [sz_bot 1.47 / RAD 1.35]) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the game was tied, 0-0. The Astros ultimately won the contest, 3-2.

This is Adam Hamari (78)'s first ejection of 2020.
Adam Hamari now has 6 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 6).
Crew Chief Marvin Hudson now has 4 points in Crew Division (3 Previous + 1 QOCY = 4).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
*This pitch was located 1.37 horizontal and 2.08 vertical inches from being deemed incorrect.

This is the 66th ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 28th Manager ejection of 2020.
This is Arizona's 3rd ejection of 2020, 2nd in the NL West (LAD 4; ARI 3; SD 2; COL, SF 1).
This is Torey Lovullo's 3rd ejection of 2020, 1st since Aug 24 (Rob Drake; QOC = Y [Interference]).
This is Adam Hamari's 1st ejection since July 18, 2019 (Rick Renteria; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Donaldson Doubles Down...Or Betrays Himself

Ejected after hitting a home run by HP Umpire Dan Bellino for arguing a strike call from earlier in the at-bat, Twins 3B Josh Donaldson wasn't on the field as Chicago scored its come-from-behind, game-tying run on a ground ball to third base, a position Donaldson would ordinarily have occupied if not for his early expulsion.

As Chicago completed its victory over Minnesota during a playoff push that coincidentally clinched the postseason for the White Sox, Donaldson doubled down after the game, telling reporters that, "I felt great" about the sequence of events that led to Donaldson's ejection...perhaps Donaldson didn't notice (nor care) about Minnesota's subsequent come-from-ahead loss.

Twins Manager Rocco Baldelli, meanwhile told the media, he and Donaldson had a private chat about the event and furthermore stated he's "not worried about" the umpires, noting that with good umpires, the next games will continue without incident. And, specifically, with Angel Hernandez's crew (including Bellino) officiating the next Minnesota series, Baldelli is "not worried about that."

Instead, Baldelli said, of Donaldson's frustration and anger, "he's not sure what to do about it frankly."

Gil's Call: Donaldson stated he kicked dirt on home plate and deliberately provoked an ejection in an attempt to hold the umpire to account. This is hardly a unique subject, as umpire accountability is a routine theme that seems to manifest nearly every baseball season: all without regard for the playoff assignment metric or minimum performance standard.

Who is Donaldson picturing at HP?
A tale as old as time, perhaps, the accountability theme interweaves with perception of bias—in this case, bias against care, apparently—but is Donaldson's objective really as selfless as he makes it out to be? Donaldson stated his apparent desire not to transition to a computerized strike zone—he disagrees with some of the robot's calls, after all.

After all, what could be more selfless than having yourself ejected in a one-run playoff-push game, only for the opposition to score a key run on a ground ball to your vacated position, only for the game to continue onto changing the win/loss balance to your team's disadvantage?

Donaldson's EJs favor young umps.
What could be more selfless for a six-franchise player (the penultimate two—Cleveland and Atlanta—lasting less than a year each) than to opt for an early exit during a pivotal game?

Naturally, Donaldson's self-described righteous attempt at holding umpires to account fails to take into consideration two things. First, that a majority of his career ball/strike ejections have been associated with the correct call, and, second, well...Minnesota lost the game after leading at the time of ejection.

Donaldson has gotten himself into multiple fights throughout his Major League career, comprising the only ejections from bona fide Crew Chiefs, as is tradition. Otherwise, Donaldson appears keen on displacing unresolved anger issues, possibly childhood, likely father, onto qualified authority figures, that is the younger, less likely to band-about individuals—think Tripp Gibson, Toby Basner, Chris Conroy, and now Bellino; all ball/strike ejections—Donaldson has yet to confront a certain Joe West: too much exposure there, much easier to attack those equal or marginally higher up the seniority food chain, certainly not within Donaldson’s apparent facade of character to legitimately challenge a senior member of the staff, so newer umpires with less clout it is. Authority, but not overwhelmingly so.

When getting involved in a fight, as in the Blue Jays-Rangers ejection, best to stay in the background (or at least in the cover of a crowd) so as to take credit for being involved, but not necessarily being the primary instigator.

Donaldson thus says he feels "great"—a statement perceivably as strong as a facade can muster.

Although I suppose we won't have to find out... as long as Donaldson doesn't dox Bellino as he did Basner...Dan's a lawyer, slightly out of one's league.

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

AP Report of Umpire COVID Appears to be False Positive

On Wednesday, an AP report circulated by ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and others stated an umpire tested positive for coronavirus, leading to crew shuffling in Florida. Close Call Sports now concludes this test result was likely a false positive for COVID-19. 

When the AP story broke Wednesday, several UEFL commenters surmised the affected crew belonged to chief Joe West, who, alongside Hunter Wendelstedt, sat out the midweek Red Sox-Marlins series in Miami. For sudden-interim crew chief Fletcher, it was as simple as traveling from Tampa Bay, leaving a three-person crew of Dan Iassogna, Tripp Gibson, and Ben May, until taxi squad umpire Clint Vondrak arrived mid-game on Wednesday to complete the crew.

Yet with MLB's health and safety protocols in effect—combined with Joe West's return to work the first plate of a doubleheader on Friday and contract tracing which would very likely have affected the entire crew—it would seem that with West's crew in Miami, Paul Nauert's crew in Boston, and Iassogna making the trip with the Rays up to Baltimore, we more likely than not have a false positive test situation.

Otherwise, it would appear on its face entirely negligent to allow COVID-exposed close contacts out on the field—thus, the presumption of a false positive.

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Friday, September 18, 2020

MLB Ejection 65 - Ramon De Jesus (2; Joe Dillon)

HP Umpire Ramon De Jesus ejected Phillies hitting coach Joe Dillon (strike three call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the #BlueJays-#Phillies game. With one out and two on, Phillies batter Andrew McCutchen took a 1-2 sinker from Blue Jays pitcher Rafael Dolis for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px -0.36, pz 1.52 [sz_bot 1.61 / RAD 1.49]) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Blue Jays were leading, 7-5. The Phillies ultimately won the contest, 8-7. 

This is Ramon De Jesus (18)'s second ejection of 2020.
Ramon De Jesus now has 3 points in the UEFL Standings (-1 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 3).
Crew Chief Chris Conroy now has 1 point in Crew Division (0 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 1).

This is the 65th ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is Philadelphia's 3rd ejection of 2020, T-1st in the NL East (PHI, WAS 3; MIA 1; ATL, NYM 0).
This is Joe Dillon's first career MLB ejection.
This is Ramon De Jesus' 2nd ejection of 2020, 1st since Aug 7 (Derek Shelton; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 9/18/20 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 64 - Jeremie Rehak (2; Jacob Stallings)

HP Umpire Jeremie Rehak ejected Pirates C Jacob Stallings (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 7th inning of the #Pirates-#Cardinals game. With one out and one on, Stallings took a 3-2 sinker from Cardinals pitcher Seth Elledge for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px 0.19, pz 1.56 [sz_bot 1.66 / RAD 1.54]) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Cardinals were leading, 7-2. The Cardinals ultimately won the contest, 7-2, in 7 innings. 

This is Jeremie Rehak (35)'s second ejection of 2020.
Jeremie Rehak now has 13 points in the UEFL Standings (9 Prev + 2 AAA + 2 Correct Call = 13).
Crew Chief Jerry Meals now has 11 points in Crew Division (10 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 11).
*This pitch was located 1.24 vertical inches from being deemed incorrect.

This is the 64th ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 30th player ejection of 2020. Prior to ejection, Stallings was 0-1 (SO) in the contest.
This is Pittsburgh's 5th ejection of 2020, 2nd in the NL Central (CIN 7; PIT 5; MIL 4; CHC 3; STL 1).
This is Jacob Stallings' first career MLB ejection.
This is Jeremie Rehak's 2nd ejection of 2020, 1st since Aug 18 (Marwin Gonzalez; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St Louis Cardinals, 9/18/20 | Video as follows:

Thursday, September 17, 2020

MLB Ejection 63 - Edwin Moscoso (2; Tyler Anderson)

HP Umpire Edwin Moscoso ejected Giants pitcher Tyler Anderson (ball four call; QOCY) in the bottom of the 3rd inning of the #SFGiants-#Mariners game. With none out and none on, Mariners batter Kyle Lewis took a 3-2 fastball from Anderson for a called fourth ball. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and below the hollow of the knee (px -0.16, pz 1.49 [sz_bot 1.57 / RAD 1.45 / MOE 1.53]) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Mariners were leading, 4-1. The Giants ultimately won the contest, 6-4. 

This is Edwin Moscoso (109)'s second ejection of 2020.
Edwin Moscoso now has 8 points in the UEFL Standings (4 Prev + 2 AAA + 2 Correct Call = 8).
Crew Chief Bill Miller now has 2 points in Crew Division (1 Previous + 1 QOCY = 2).
*This pitch was located 0.48 vertical inches from being deemed incorrect.

This is the 63rd ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 29th player ejection of 2020. Prior to ejection, Anderson's line was 2.0 IP, 4 ER.
This is San Francisco's 1st ejection of 2020, T-4th in the NL West (LAD 4; ARI, SD 2; COL, SF 1).
This is Tyler Anderson's 1st ejection since Aug 13, 2016 (Eric Cooper; QOC = U [Throwing At]).
This is Edwin Moscoso's 2nd ejection of 2020, 1st since Aug 7 (Jason Castro; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

MLB Ejection 62 - Dan Bellino (4; Josh Donaldson)

HP Umpire Dan Bellino ejected Twins 3B Josh Donaldson (strike one call after HR; QOCU) in the top of the 6th inning of the #Twins-#WhiteSox game. With none out and none on, Donaldson took a 2-0 slider from White Sox pitcher Reynaldo Lopez for a called first strike before hitting a home run on the subsequent 2-1 pitch, ejected for arguing balls and strikes after he crossed home plate. Replays indicate the pitch ruled strike one was located off the outer edge of home plate and knee-high (px 1.04, pz 1.61 [sz_bot 1.54]); pursuant to UEFL Rule 6-5-c, the call was irrecusable.* At the time of the ejection, the Twins were leading, 3-2. The White Sox ultimately won the contest, 4-3. 

This is Dan Bellino (2)'s fourth ejection of 2020.
Dan Bellino now has 9 points in the UEFL Standings (7 Prev + 2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call = 9).
Crew Chief Angel Hernandez now has 16 points in Crew Division (15 Previous + 1 QOCU = 16).

This is the 62nd ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 28th player ejection of 2020. Prior to ejection, Donaldson was 1-3 (SO) in the contest.
This is Minnesota's 4th ejection of 2020, 1st in the AL Central (MIN 4; DET 2; CLE, CWS, KC 0).
This is Josh Donaldson's 1st ejection since June 10, 2019 (Brian Gorman; QOC = U [Fighting]).
This is Dan Bellino's 4th ejection of 2020, 1st since Aug 29 (David Bell; QOC = U [Fighting]).

Wrap: Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox, 9/17/20 | Video as follows:

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

MLB Ejections 60-61 - Ron Kulpa (2-3; STL-MIL Fight)

2B Umpire Ron Kulpa ejected Cardinals Manager Mike Shildt and Brewers Manager Craig Counsell (fighting following catcher's interference) in the bottom of the 5th inning of the #Cardinals-#Brewers game. With one out and the bases loaded, Brewers batter Ryan Braun swung at a 2-2 slider from Cardinals pitcher Rob Kaminsky, resulting in a catcher's interference call by HP Umpire John Bacon as Braun's bat made contact with catcher Yadier Molina's wrist/mitt, further resulting in a benches-clearing incident. Replays indicate that prior to the catcher's interference, Braun and Molina entered into a dispute regarding purported pitch framing by Molina, the call was irrecusable. At the time of the ejections, the Brewers were leading, 13-2. The Brewers ultimately won the contest, 18-3. 

These are Ron Kulpa (46)'s second and third ejections of 2020.
Ron Kulpa now has 10 points in the UEFL Standings (6 Prev + 2*[2 MLB + 0 Irrecusable Call] = 10).
Crew Chief Ron Kulpa now has 7 points in Crew Division (5 Previous + 2*[1 QOCU] = 7).

These are the 60th and 61st ejection reports of the 2020 MLB regular season.
These are the 26th and 27th Manager ejections of 2020.
This is St Louis' 1st ejection of 2020, 5th in the NL Central (CIN 7; MIL, PIT 4; CHC 3; STL 1).
This is Milwaukee's 4th ejection of 2020, T-2nd in the NL Central (CIN 7; MIL, PIT 4: CHC 3; STL 1).
This is Mike Shildt's 1st ejection since July 4, 2019 (Rob Drake; QOC = Y [Time Not Granted /USC]).
This is Craig Counsell's 3rd ejection of 2020, 1st since Sept 13 (Ron Kulpa; QOC = Y [Time/USC]).
This is Ron Kulpa's 2/3rd ejection of 2020, 1st since Sept 13 (Craig Counsell; QOC = Y [Time/USC]).

Wrap: St Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 9/15/20 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejections 58-59 - Will Little (3-4; MIN)

HP Umpire Will Little ejected Twins DH Nelson Cruz and Manager Rocco Baldelli (strike three call; QOCN) in the top of the 7th inning of the #Twins-#WhiteSox game. With two out and one on, Twins batter Ryan Jeffers took a 1-2 sinker from White Sox pitcher Dane Dunning for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and below the hollow of the knee (px 0.08, pz 1.36 [sz_bot 1.63 / RAD 1.51 / MOE 1.43]), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejections, the White Sox were leading, 5-2. The White Sox ultimately won the contest, 6-2. 

These are Will Little (93)'s first and second ejections of 2020.
Will Little now has 6 points in the UEFL Standings (10 Prev + 2*[2 MLB - 4 Incorrect Call] = 6).
Crew Chief Angel Hernandez now has 15 points in Crew Division (15 Previous + 2*[QOCN] = 15).
*This pitch was located 0.84 vertical inches from being deemed correct.

These are the 58th and 59th ejection reports of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 27th player ejection of 2020. Prior to ejection, Cruz was 1-3 (SO) in the contest.
This is the 25th Manager ejection of 2020.
This is Minnesota's 2/3rd ejection of 2020, 1st in the AL Central (MIN 3; DET 2; CLE, CWS, KC 0).
This is Nelson Cruz's 1st ejection since Sept 7, 2019 (Laz Diaz; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Rocco Baldelli's 1st ejection since July 23, 2019 (Ramon De Jesus; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Will Little's 3/4th ejection of 2020, 1st since Aug 16 (Kevin Long; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Minnesota Twins vs. Chicago White Sox, 9/15/20 | Video as follows:

MLB Ejection 57 - Brennan Miller (1; Brandon Hyde)

1B Umpire Brennan Miller ejected Orioles Manager Brandon Hyde (check swing ball three call) in the top of the 4th inning of the #Braves-#Orioles game. With two out and one on, Braves batter Ronald Acuna attempted to check his swing on a 2-1 slider from Orioles pitcher Paul Fry, ruled a ball by HP Umpire Ryan Additon and affirmed as no swing on appeal by 1B Umpire Miller. Play was reviewed and adjudicated by the UEFL Appeals Board (8-0), the call was correct. At the time of the ejection, the Braves were leading, 2-0. The Braves ultimately won the contest, 5-1.

This is Brennan Miller (55)'s first ejection of 2020.
Brennan Miller now has 5 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Prev + 2 AAA + 2 Correct Call = 5).
Crew Chief Bill Welke now has 5 points in Crew Division (4 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 5).

This is the 57th ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 24th Manager ejection of 2020.
This is the Orioles' 2nd ejection of 2020, T-3rd in the AL East (NYY, TOR 4; BAL, TB 2; BOS 0).
This is Brandon Hyde's 1st ejection since Sept 3, 2019 (Lance Barrett; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).
This is Brennan Miller's 1st ejection since July 18, 2019 (Aaron Boone; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Atlanta Braves vs. Baltimore Orioles, 9/15/20 | Video as follows:

2020 Roster of Minor League Umpires Approved for MLB

A record 19 new umpires made their major league debuts during the 2020 MLB season following an unprecedented number of opt out requests from the full-time umpire staff. Baseball created a new roster class for these Minor League umpires approved to call MLB games, separate from the existing call-up/fill-in list, and assigning these 19 taxi squad umpires triple-digit uniform numbers.

MLB's circa-2019 call-up roster remained the same for 2020. Refer to the CCS Umpire Roster & Crews page for a complete listing.
Related: MLB 2020 COVID-modified crew list

Now that all Triple-A non-call-up umpires have made their big league debuts, the following is MLB's list of deputized MiLB umpires authorized to call MLB games (with corresponding links to the announcement news posts of their respective debuts), sorted by sleeve number (which itself is sorted alphabetically):

Uniform Jersey #) Name [Date of 1st MLB Regular Season Game]
100) Arrieta, David (8/21/20)
101) Bacchus, Erich (8/7/20)
102) Beck, Adam (8/5/20)
103) Ceja, Nestor (8/14/20)
104) Clemons, Paul (8/19/20)
105) MacKay, Alex (8/21/20)
106) McCrady, Kyle (9/4/20)
107) Merzel, Dan (8/29/20)
108) Moore, Malachi (8/17/20)
109) Moscoso, Edwin (7/23/20)
110) Navas, Jose (7/24/20)
111) Ramos, Charlie (8/25/20)
112) Riggs, Jeremy (7/28/20)
113) Rosenberg, Randy (8/4/20)
114) Tomlinson, Nate (8/7/20)
115) Valentine, Junior (8/26/20)
116) Vondrak, Clint (8/10/20)
117) Williams, Lew (8/2/20)
118) Wills, Ryan (8/22/20)

Sunday, September 13, 2020

2020 No-Hitter 2, Chris Segal (1; Alec Mills)

HP Umpire Chris Segal called Chicago Cubs pitcher Alec Mills' no-hitter against the Brewers in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon, joined by Crew Chief Ron Kulpa (1B), alongside umpires Manny Gonzalez (2B) and Todd Tichenor (3B). MIL Manager Craig Counsell was ejected during the 5th inning for arguing an appeal play.

The Virginia-born Segal, officiating his first career no-hitter, saw 296 pitches, of which 163 were callable.

As we have documented in the past, three separate plate scores exist. Segal's Zone Evaluation-equivalent (two-inch margin of error) score was 97.6%, UEFL f/x (one-inch margin of error) score was 93.9%, and zero-error/broadcast score was 91.4%.

The UEFL f/x look:
Balls: 105 called balls outside strike zone / 3 called balls within strike zone = 105 / 108 = 97.2%.
Strikes: 48 called strikes within strike zone / 7 called strikes outside strike zone = 48/55 = <90.0%.
Total Raw Accuracy Score for Segal = 153/163 = 93.9% Accuracy (+4 CHC/skew favored Cubs).

MLB Ejection 56 - Ron Kulpa (1; Craig Counsell)

1B Umpire Ron Kulpa ejected Brewers Manager Craig Counsell (time out no call during no-hitter appeal play on baserunner Javier Baez; QOCY) in the top of the 5th inning of the #Cubs-#Brewers game. With one out and two on (R2, R3), Cubs batter Jason Kipnis hit a 2-2 fastball from Brewers pitcher JP Feyereisen on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Christian Yelich, who threw to third baseman Eric Sogard as Cubs baserunner R3 Kyle Schwarber scored and R2 Baez arrived at third base. As Sogard subsequently threw the ball to second base to appeal whether Baez left early (before outfielder Yelich touched the fly ball), Baez ran toward home plate and scored safely. Replays indicate the ball remained live during the Brewers' appeal play (as required by rule 5.09(c)) such that Baez's actions in running toward home plate were legal, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Cubs were leading, 7-0. The Cubs ultimately won the contest, 10-0.

This is Ron Kulpa (46)'s first ejection of 2020.
Ron Kulpa now has 6 points in the UEFL Standings (2 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 6).
Crew Chief Ron Kulpa now has 5 points in Crew Division (4 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 5).
*Official Baseball Rule 5.09(c)(1) states that a runner shall be called out on appeal when—"After a fly ball is caught, he fails to retouch his original base before he or his original base is tagged" and that the question of whether the runner has violated this rule may be appealed by the defense. Pursuant to Rule 5.09(c) Comment, "Time is not out when an appeal is being made" (e.g., the ball remains live).
^Dead ball appeals are legal in high school/NFHS, but not in pro (MLB/MiLB) and college/NCAA.
Related PostAppeal Play Statute of Limitations - When to Deny (9/19/19).

This is the 56th ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 23rd Manager ejection of 2020.
This is the Brewers' 3rd ejection of 2020, T-3rd in the NL Central (CIN 7; PIT 4; CHC, MIL 3; STL 0).
This is Craig Counsell's 2nd ejection of 2020, 1st since Aug 27 (John Bacon; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Ron Kulpa's 1st ejection since April 3, 2019 (AJ Hinch; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 9/13/20 | Video as follows:

Saturday, September 12, 2020

MLB Ejection 55 - DJ Reyburn (2; Joey Votto)

HP Umpire DJ Reyburn ejected Reds 1B Joey Votto (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 9th inning of the #Reds-#Cardinals game. With none out and none on, Votto took a 2-2 slider from Cardinals pitcher Rob Kaminsky for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner half of home plate and thigh-high (px 0.64, pz 2.27) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Cardinals were leading, 7-1. The Cardinals ultimately won the contest, 7-1.

This is DJ Reyburn (17)'s second ejection of 2020.
DJ Reyburn now has 2 points in the UEFL Standings (-2 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 2).
Crew Chief Laz Diaz now has -3 points in Crew Division (-4 Previous + 1 Correct Call = -3).
*UEFL Rule 6-2-b-1 (Kulpa Rule): |0| < STRIKE < |.748| < BORDERLINE < |.914| < BALL.
*This pitch was located 3.288 horizontal inches from being deemed incorrect.

This is the 55th ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 26th player ejection of 2020. Prior to ejection, Votto was 1-4 (SO) in the contest.
This is Cincinnati's 7th ejection of 2020, 1st in the NL Central (CIN 7; PIT 4; CHC 3; MIL 2; STL 0).
This is Joey Votto's 3rd ejection of 2020, 1st since August 29 (Dan Bellino; QOC = U [Fighting]).
This is the DJ Reyburn's 2nd ejection of 2020, 1st since Aug 16 (Cameron Maybin; QOC = N [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 9/12/20 | Video as follows:

Friday, September 11, 2020

MLB Ejection 54 - Pat Hoberg (1; Bryan Holaday)

HP Umpire Pat Hoberg ejected Orioles PH Bryan Holaday (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 7th inning of the #Orioles-#Yankees game. With none out and one on, Holaday took a 3-2 fastball from Yankees pitcher Brooks Kriske for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner half of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px -0.43, pz 1.53 [sz_bot 1.53 / RAD 1.41]) and that all other pitches during the at-bat were properly officiated, the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Yankees were leading, 10-1. The Yankees ultimately won the contest, 10-1, in 7 innings.

This is Pat Hoberg (31)'s first ejection of 2020.
Pat Hoberg now has 4 points in the UEFL Standings (0 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 4).
Crew Chief Bill Welke now has 5 points in Crew Division (4 Previous + 1 Correct Call = 5).
*This pitch was located 2.47 vertical inches from being deemed incorrect.

This is the 54th ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 25th player ejection of 2020. Prior to ejection, Holaday was 0-1 (SO) in the contest.
This is Baltimore's 1st ejection of 2020, 4th in the AL East (NYY, TOR 4; TB 2; BAL 1; BOS 0).
This Bryan Holaday's first career MLB ejection.
This is Pat Hoberg's 1st ejection since Aug 27, 2019 (Justin Verlander; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).

Wrap: Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees (Gm2), 9/11/20 | Video as follows:

Umps Care Charities Launches Modified 2020 Auction

When COVID-19 shut down the sports world in March, it looked as if @UmpsCare Charities would have to shut down its annual Spring auction with no more umpire lunches and real world experiences to bid on.

Instead, UMPS CARE adapted, launching a rare September auction on MLB.com with some coronavirus friendly modifications.

For instance, the usual in-person "Lunch with an Ump" item became a "Virtual Lunch" while retired MLB umpire Dale Scott pitched in with a most socially distant solution: a custom voicemail message.

UMPS CARE even threw in a nod to Close Call Sports and Gil's hockey career, what with a Mike Trout Mighty Ducks Bobblehead (no they didn't, it's entirely a coincidence).

Visit https://www.mlb.com/official-information/umpires/umpires-care through September 17 to bid!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

MLB Ejection 53 - Doug Eddings (1; Max Muncy)

HP Umpire Doug Eddings ejected Dodgers 3B Max Muncy (strike three call; QOCY) in the top of the 9th inning of the #Dodgers-#Diamondbacks game. With one out and one on, Muncy took a 3-2 fastball from Dbacks pitcher Travis Bergen for a called third strike. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the heart of home plate and at the hollow of the knee (px 0.09, pz 1.41 [sz_bot 1.54 / RAD 1.41 / MOE 1.33]), the call was correct.* At the time of the ejection, the Diamondbacks were leading, 5-2. The Diamondbacks ultimately won the contest, 5-2.

This is Doug Eddings (88)'s first ejection of 2020.
Doug Eddings now has 5 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Prev + 2 MLB + 2 Correct Call = 5).
Crew Chief Doug Eddings now has 0 points in Crew Division (-1 Previous + 1 Correct = 0).
*This pitch was located 1.00 vertical inches from being deemed an incorrect call.

This is the 53rd ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 24th player ejection of 2020. Prior to ejection, Muncy was 0-5 (3 SO) in the contest.
This is Los Angeles' 4th ejection of 2020, 1st in the NL West (LAD 4; ARI, SD 2; COL 1; SF 0).
This is Max Muncy's 2nd ejection of 2020, 1st since Aug 19 (Mark Ripperger; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is Doug Eddings' 1st ejection since July 19, 2019 (Bud Black; QOC = Y [Check Swing]).

Wrap: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 9/10/20 | Video as follows:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

MLB Ejection 52 - John Libka (1; Scott Servais)

HP Umpire John Libka ejected Mariners Manager Scott Servais (strike two call; QOCN) in the top of the 8th inning of the #Mariners-#Giants game. With none out and none on, Mariners batter Evan White took a 0-1 changeup from Giants pitcher Jarlin Garcia. Replays indicate the pitch was located over the inner half of home plate and below the hollow of the knee (px -0.60, pz 1.24 [sz_bot 1.58 / RAD 1.46 / MOE 1.37]), the call was incorrect.* At the time of the ejection, the Giants were leading, 6-5. The Giants ultimately won the contest, 6-5.

This is John Libka (84)'s first ejection of 2020.
John Libka now has -1 points in the UEFL Standings (1 Prev + 2 AAA - 4 Incorrect Call = -1).
Crew Chief Adrian Johnson now has 6 points in Crew Division (6 Previous + 0 QOCN Call = 6).
*This pitch was located 1.56 vertical inches from being deemed a correct call.
HistoryMLB Ejection 195 - John Libka (3; Scott Servais) (9/11/19).

This is the 52nd ejection report of the 2020 MLB regular season.
This is the 22nd Manager ejection of 2020.
This is Seattle's 1st ejection of 2020, T-4th in the AL West (LAA, OAK 3; HOU 2; SEA, TEX 1).
This is Scott Servais' 1st ejection since Sept 25, 2019 (Sam Holbrook; QOC = Y [Balls/Strikes]).
This is John Libka's 1st ejection since Sept 11, 2019 (Scott Servais; QOC = N [Interference]).

Wrap: Seattle Mariners vs. San Francisco Giants, 9/8/20 | Video as follows:

2020 MLB COVID-19 Modified Umpire Crew Roster

With COVID-19 forcing MLB to modify its 2020 baseball season, the major leagues offered umpires the ability to opt out, while piecing together umpire taxi squads with minor league umps to fill in the gaps.

Crew list entries originally drafted prior to Spring Training had to be redrawn as umpires were reassigned to West, Central, and East travel divisions. Now, with MLB's shortened 2020 season in full swing, the following includes the modified 2020 crews. Visit our original 2020 MLB Umpire Crews (Delayed Season) posting to compare and contrast, noting how the crews changed over time.

2020 MLB Umpire Crews (Modified for Coronavirus Season)

Crew #Crew ChiefUmpire 2Umpire 3Umpire 4
Crew 146 Kulpa, Ron13 Tichenor, Todd79 Gonzalez, Manny96 Segal, Chris
Crew 239 Nauert, Paul4 Fairchild, Chad37 Torres, Carlos52 Visconti, Jansen
Crew 33 Welke, Bill49 Fletcher, Andy31 Hoberg, Pat18 De Jesus, Ramon
Crew 46 Carlson, Mark92 Hoye, James83 Estabrook, Mike62 Whitson, Chad
Crew 527 Vanover, Larry23 Barksdale, Lance98 Conroy, Chris86 Rackley, David
Crew 658 Iassogna, Dan11 Randazzo, Tony73 Gibson, Tripp[Triple-A Ump]
Crew 745 Nelson Jeff54 Bucknor, CB74 Tumpane, John[Triple-A Ump]
Crew 822 West, Joe21 Wendelstedt, Hunter19 Carapazza, Vic85 Scheurwater, Stu
Crew 941 Meals, Jerry15 Hickox, Ed71 Baker, Jordan[Triple-A Ump]
Crew 1014 Wegner, Mark60 Foster, Marty64 Porter, Alan[Triple-A Ump]
Crew 115 Hernandez, Angel2 Bellino, Dan93 Little, Will59 Lentz, Nic
Crew 1263 Diaz, Laz95 Timmons, Tim17 Reyburn, DJ36 Blakney, Ryan
Crew 1326 Miller, Bill88 Eddings, Doug30 Drake, Rob[Triple-A Ump]
Crew 1472 Marquez, Alfonso68 Guccione, Chris89 Blaser, Cory47 Morales, Gabe
Crew 1565 Barrett, Ted80 Johnson, Adrian90 Ripperger, Mark81 Wolcott, Quinn
Crew 16 77 Reynolds, Jim28 Wolf, Jim16 Barrett, Lance[Triple-A Ump]
Crew 1751 Hudson, Marvin91 Knight, Brian76 Muchlinski, Mike78 Hamari, Adam
Crew 18[Not Used]


Crew 19[Not Used]


DL/IR50 Emmel, Paul53 Gibson, Greg
CloseCallSports.com
2020 Opt-Out Umpires List
Barry, Scott || Culbreth, Fieldin || Cuzzi, Phil || Danley, Kerwin || Davis, Gerry || Dreckman, Bruce || Gorman, Brian || Hallion, Tom || Holbrook, Sam || Layne, Jerry || O'Nora, Brian || Winters, Mike.

2020 Full-Time MLBU Umpires Injured After The List Was Finalized
> Tony Randazzo (injured July 19, 2020 in Chicago).
> Jim Wolf (injured August 1, 2020 in San Francisco).